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WITH TEN ILLUSTRATIONS BY DU MAURIER. 



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SECRETARY TO THE BOARD OF TRADE. 

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I 1 1 i ! i Bo-Peep. 
The Si crei of S vi 1.1 v 
A Casi of Spoons 
To \n Anonymous Correspond! 
Pretty Puss. Illustrated 
i.i \m - for Wives . 

Forty-Five 

Rinking Reminisi ences 

Echoi s i rom che Sami 

A LlTTLi Beauty. Illustrated 

A I !. i Yi \ks' Char icter . 

Painting hie Lily 

N U'.ii i v l \\. i Shot s 

"I'll I- SQl I K l AND i III Ni W PARS' iN*S ( 

Some One's i i irgi r-ME-NoTs . 

R] PL'S ro A \ ai ENTINE. Illustrated 

\ i V irdi \\ Knot . 
Wanted, an Idea . 
Ami Am iqi \kian . 
For s m i , Pensive Selima 
A Curl in a Letter 
Oi rsiDE. Illustrated 
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UNG SONGS. 

Parfait Amour 

Bitter Vermuth . 

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CONTENTS. 



Hunting a " Slipper" . 

The Butterfly Chained 

Quack ! Quack ! ! Quack ! ! ! 

A Fine Old Buster. Illustrated 

" Drei Bitte" 

An Uninvited Guest 

At Brindisi . 

"The World's Mine Oyster' 

A Brace of Valentines. 
To a Lady, with a Ring 
With a Butterfly's Wing . 

" Conter Fleurette." Illustrated 

With the Horse "White Mist" 

Musical Undertones 

A Daisy Chain .... 

On Ghosts 

Postscript to Ghosts . 

A Reply to Birthday Stanzas . 

Lady 'Bell's Catechism. Illustrated 

Mayfair on Skates 

The "Matrimonial News" . 

Pincher 

Next Morning .... 

Daisy's Dn.n 

London's •• Suez < !anal" 

A Pocket Venus. Illustrated 

The Coming R vct 

Two Letters ..... 

Veni, Vidi, Via .... 

A Fable with \ Moral 

Twenty-one to-morrow 

A I \i am si Puzzle 



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FAITE A PEINDRE:' 

'ADE to be painted" — a Millais might give 

A fortune to study that exquisite face — 
The face is a fortune — a Lawrence might live 
Anew in each line of that figure's still grace. 



The pose is perfection, a model each limb, 
From the delicate foot to the classical head ; 

Hut the almond blue eyes with their smiling look dim, 
And lips to be loved want a trifle more reel. 



Statuesque? no, a Psyche, let's say, in repose, — 
A Psyche whose Cupid beseeches in vain, — 

We sigh as the nightingale sighs to the rose, 

But the goddess declines to give sighs back again. . 

If the wind shook the rose? — then a shower would fall 
Of sweet-scented petals to gather who list, — 

If a sigh shook my Psyche? — she'd yawn, that is all, 
She's " made to be painted" — and not to be kist. 




LITTLE BO-PEEP. 

ITTLE Bo-peep has lost her sheep, 
And someone or other's lost little Bo-peep — 
Or she'd never be wandering at twelve o'clock 
With a golden crook, and a velvet frock, 
In a diamond necklace, in such a rout, — 
In diamond buckles, and my ! how shocking, 
A beautiful leg in a red silk stocking ! 
And an ankle a sculptor might rave about. 
But I think she's a little witch, you know, 
With her broomstick-crook and her high-heel'd >hoe 
And the mischievous fun that flashes thro' 
The wreaths of her amber hair — don't you ? 
No wonder the flock follows little Bo-peep, 
Such a shepherd would turn all the world tnto sheep, 
To trot at her heels and look up in the face 
Of their pastor for — goodness knows what, not for grace ?- 
Her face that recalls in its reds and its blues, 
(Blue eyes, and red lips full of pearls if you choose) 
And its setting of gold, " Esmeralda" by Greuze. . . . 
There's " Little Bo-peep," dress, diamonds, and all, 
As I met her last night at the Fancy Ball. 

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THE SECRET OF SAFETY. 




I >l' ask me to declare the spell 

By which I sleep unhaunted slumb 

" Still fancy free ! — the secret tell ?" 
The secret is, tail - Isabel, 

That "Safety lies in numbers." 



It is not that ni)- heart is tough, 

I dare not make such false confession, 

Or th.it it's made of such soft stuff 

It is not durable enough 

To take a firm impression : 



Hut Beauty's like the bloom that flies, 

And Love's a butterfly that hasteth, 
From lip to lip the trifler hies 
And sweet by sweet the garden tries, 
Hut each one only tasteth. . . . 

If I looked long in your beaux-yeux 

I might not sleep unhaunted slumbers, — 

At least 'twere rash to try, you know, — 

So now I'm going to the Row, 

Where "safety lies in numbers!" 



A CASE OF SPOONS. 




{He) 

WONDER why to sit I find it sweet, 
As if you were Gamaliel, at your feet ? 

They're quite too small to be of any use ?- 
{She) Because you are a goose. 

{He) I wonder, when your glances downward stray, 
Why mine look up until yours turn away — 
You hate the sight of me, I dare assert ! 
{She) Because I hate a flirt. 

{He) Then tell me why, when you attempt to speak, 
I find my ear gets closer to your cheek, 
Until it almost touches someone's locks ? 
{She) Because it wants a box! 




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TO AN ANONYMOUS CORRESPONDENT 

O name — unknown the " hand" — and yet 
I think your fingers must be taper 
Who wrote "non ti scordar" and set 
Tin's tiny seal on pink-ting'd paper? 

The page is fair, and deftly traced, 

Folded across and neatly dated; 
The p's and q's display much taste. 

The h's look well aspirated. 

The i's are — well, like sweet sixteen's — 

When laughter's light and smiles are plenty ; — 

My taste's like David's as to queens — 
I'm sine you can't be more than twenty? 

You still are in the bloom of youth 

With faultless face and figure fair}-, 
They call you " Blanche" or " Maud" — in sooth 

The odds are two to one on " Mary !" 

If e'er we meet in after-life 
Speak, dear, I'll answer circumspectly ; 

And tho' you're some one else's wife, 

You still might spell my name correctly? 

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PRETTY PUSS. 

HE slightest of pouts on the softest of lips 
Of a little red mouth with its smiles in eclipse- 
The least little flash under eyelids half shut, 
The least little beat of the least little foot, 
Like the thrill of the tigress preparing to spring, — 
Seem to hint that my Mabel is not quite the thing ? . . . 

I wish I was back in the hansom for choice ! — 

Shall I fight? or, like Niobe, lift up my voice? 

Own my conduct was vile (but I've done that before), 

Pray forgiveness and never offend any more ? 

Or brazen it out ? — " Yes, I trifled with Jane, 

" And I flirted with Fan — and I mean to again !" 

Tableau ! — But I'll keep on this side of the table, 

There's certainly something that's cat-like in Mabel, — 

If stroked the right way you get plenty of purr, 

But claws, I've a fancy, lie hid in the fur, 

And she looks at this moment as prompt to assail 

As the Celt who begged someone to tread on his tail. . . 



It's perplexing — I wish I was back in the cab . . 

There's something infernally cat-like in Mab. 
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LEASES FOR WIVES; 

OR, WHAT WE'RE COMING TO. 

PARTNERSHIP for life— absurd ! ! 
Mow droll — a wedding ring! . . . 
Somehow we don't perceive the fun; 
' For seven, fourteen, or twenty-one" 
Is now the style of thing. 

We meet our charmer in the Row; 

One glance! — 'tis love at sight — 
We meet again at rout or hop, 
A valse, two ices, and then pop, — 

Boulogne to-morrow night. 

No trousseau cumbers up the fair 

With heaps of costly trash ; 
No wedding breakfast makes her ill, 
Nor speeches that won't pay the bill, 

Nor " settlements" of cash. 

\Y<' register no fees on earth, 

No vows record in heaven; 
A sheet of cream-laid note — 'tis done! 
For seven, fourteen, or twenty-one. . . . 

Suppose we try for seven? 



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FORTY-FIVE. 




OW is it that I'm forty-five 

And still so very much unmarried? 
Why did I wait so long to wive, 
Or was it that the ladies tarried ? 



I rather think that as a boy 
My notions were not celibatic ; 

At fourteen I was scarcely coy, 

But dreamt of heav'n in an attic, — 

With Katy, aetat. thirty-two, 

And wrote her an amazing ditty ; 

" My heart for her should still be true"- 
And she refused it — heartless Kitty ! 



I did not weep! if she'd said "yes" 

It might have been a theme for laughter; 

My suff'rings led me to confess 
To Mary Jane a fortnight after. 



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FORTY-FIVE, _ M 

Poor Poll ! (I call you so because 

No sense of injury now rankles) — 
I think our casus spooni w 

You had such very pretty ankles : 

Pretercea nil! might end the clause 

But that would be ungenerous, very . . . 

Lizette had elephantine paws 
But cheeks as rosy as a cherry. 

Louisa next, — my little Loo! — 

Whose hand I claimed with fervent kisses ; 
Unluckily these things take two, 

And one declined becoming Mrs. 

A time arrives when ever} - man 

Has fatuous feelings for a cousin, 
And if the first " draws blank" he caw 

(At least I did) try half a dozen ; — 

First, second, third, — still no success, — 

Fourth, fifth, and sixth, the numbers ran on ; 

Not one my lonely lot would bless, 
Two were forbidden by the canon. 

At last, at last! my pulse still stirs 
As I recall your vision, Plm.be! 
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22 FORTY-FIVE. 

The rose-bud lips that owned me hers — 
The form suggestive of a Hebe ; 

I swore that we would never part, 

Nor time nor change our love make colder, - 

I clasped her to my beating heart — 

And ran my breast-pin in her shoulder! . . 

The temper's warm at " sweet sixteen," 
We parted more in wrath than sorrow ; 

And Phoebe's married Dick since then — 
It's just ten years ago to-morrow. . . . 

And now love's chords no music wake, 
I'm getting in the sere and yellow, 

Is rhere no womankind will take 
Compassion on a lonely fellow ? 

Some Phoebe with less angry eyes ? 

I think I've still some love to give her — 
No more breast-pins I'll patronize, 

But stick to rings henceforth forever. 




RINKING REMINISCENCES. 

C e riest que le premier pas qui coute. 

ES it's awfully nice, and all that sort of thin : . 
But please take me hack to a scat, — 
Your intentions are excellent, Guy, I am sure. 
But oh ! may you never be forced to endure 
The anguish I feel in my feet ! 

These straps are too tight — or the wheels don't go right — 

And my ankles have taken a twist, — 
I've tumbled at least twenty times on my arm, 
And Bella just gave me a horrible qualm — 

She fancies I've broken my wrist. 

Old Buffers has knocked me down flat on my face 

And poked in my eye his cigar, — 
Young Larkins pursues me wherever I go, 
And "cannons" — it must be on purpose, I know, 

For he never "collides" with Papa. 

Bumped battered and bruised, kicked cuffed and ill-used. 

I'm a " figure for h\n," or for " Punch," — 
So now that you've taken my skates off, dear Guy, 
And I feel less immediately likely to die, 

We'll adjourn — au rcz\n>\ after lunch ! 




ECHOES FROM THE SAME. 

First Echo. Con expressionc. 

OU see me just now on my knees 

And my elbows, and that's because 

I arose in my might 

To immediate light 

On the spot where I previously was. 

Second Echo. Agitato. 

If I don't rise to take off my hat, 
I beg you won't think me a clown, — 

On occasions like these 

One stands at one's ease 
More easily lying down. 

Third Echo. Suffocate. 

It's pleasant to tumble at times — 

(The times when one's ready to drop,) — 

He felt this as well, 

The elderly swell 

Who's floored me and sits on the top. 



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/.- HOES FROM THE SAME. 

I like to sec folks at their ease, 

Especially fourteen stone — 
If I asked him to sit 

< )ff in)' head for a bit, 

I H> you think it would spoil his fun ? 

Fourth Echo. Con triumphato. 

I am stooping my balance to gain ; 

Anon I shall backward descend ; 
And that's what I call 
My Roman fall 

And alternate Grecian bend. 

Sundry Echoes. Diminuendo. 

What Splice-bone says is true — 

The " exercise" is good — 
But he might have added 
Get your legs padded, 

And elbows made of wood. 



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A LITTLE BEAUTY. 




AUD'S a naughty little girl, 
Maudie's locks decline to curl, 
Spite all sense of duty, 
But they' re f rise' d up instead 
Round her saucy little head, 
Round her cheeks of white and red- 
Maud's a little beauty ! 



Maud has got a roguish eye, 
Maud has got a tender sigh, 

Laughters soft and flutey- 
" Cherries ripe" her lips, I swear, 
Did you ever know a pair 
Say so plainly " If you dare !" — 

Maud the little beauty ! 



Yet her lip you cannot reach 
Nor her cheek that's like a peach, 

Round and ripe and fruity ; 
You can only look and sigh, — 
I can only love, and try 
To discern the reason why 

Maud's my little beauty? 



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[VE YEARS' CHARACTER. 

IYK years amic ! five years ago, 

It seems like yesterday, 
You whispered that mysterious vow — 
Love — honor — and obey. 
And, darling, you have done your part, 

And kept your promise, sweet, — 
You have full-filled an empty heart 

And made a life complete. . . . 
I testily that you have been 
The household sunshine, fair}', queen. — 
A cool oasis ever green 

Along life's desert sand}', — 
As good as gold, 
And as true as steel, 
And as sweet as sugar candy ! 



We've shared some pleasure and some pain, 
We've met some ups and downs : 

And would you tie the knot again 

Tho' all the smiles were frowns? . . . 

1 ho' all the joys were griefs, 1 say, 
And dimmed each brighter spot, 






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A FIVE YEARS' CHARACTER. 

This girl would face them all with me, — 

You would, love, would you not ? 
And still would be what you have been, 
My household fairy, sunshine, queen — 
A cool oasis ever green 

Amidst life's deserts sandy, — 
As good as gold, 
And as true as steel, 
And as sweet as sugar candy. 





PAINTING THE LILY." 

AINT my Lily? you'd be clever' 
She is " beautiful for ever" — 
Beauteous with a stick of cork, 
Lovely with a coat of chalk ! 
From the calyx to the stalk — 
Neck, I mean — and all the rest. 
To the snow upon her breast, — 
To the glittering of her hair, 
Shaking gold-dust out, I swear; — 
Every charm in which you revelled 
Powdered plaistered or bedevilled. . . . 

All the Flow'r-show dyed ? — Who knows ? 
Frank declares his blooming Rose 
Wears a blush that never goes, 
Never lessens, never grows — 
And sweet Violet's fiance 
Ascertained tin- other day 
That her petals washed away ! 
(Petals! — Hye-brows, I should say 
Leaving only something gray. . . . 

These effects make m\ adorer 

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"PAINTING THE LILY." 

Rather dubious of his Flora, 

With the blushes of Aurora, 

With the reds and snow-whites o'er her 

Lead him to be shy of Lily — 

Roses picked in Piccadilly — 

Make his views of Violet hazy — 

Predisposed to like a Daisy ? 





naughty two-shoes. 

RETTY naughty Two-shoes 

Bought a pair of blue shoes, 
Bought a pair of silken hose all striped with white 

and red ; 
Bought a skipping rope for skipping — 
When they threatened her with whipping 
Skipt them straightway into kissing her instead. 

Skipt them into such ecstatics 

That they thronged from base to attics 
Peeping out from garret-window, pane, and door ; 

Skipt the bumpkins out of wits, 

Skipt their sweethearts into fits, 
Skipt them higher than was ever seen before. 

Basta! cried the lame schoolmaster — 

But she only skipt the faster 
With her beautiful kaleidoscopic feet, 

From the squire to the clown 

Skipt the village upside- down, — 
And I doubt if it has ever lighted yet ! 



THE SQUIRE AND THE NEW PARSON'S 

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IT II wild locks streaming from the braid 
That fillets them in vain, 
Who is this hatless demoisel 
Comes flying down the lane ? 
It must be our new parson's girl — 
I think they call her Jane ? 

They really shouldn't let her out 

In such prepost'rous guise — 
Sixteen ? and in a pinafore, 

Suggestive of dirt pies ! 
Frock'd to the knee! . . . and what a pair 

Of great blue saucer eyes ! 

The fair Miss Jenny's future lord 

Will need to have a care ! — 
Despite the piquant little nose 

" Tip-tilted" in the air — 
They glitter like two corn-flow'rs thro' 

That hayfield of her hair. 

And then her mouth ! a mile too wide — 
But arched like Cupid's bow, 






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THE SQUIRE AND THE NEW PARSONS GIRL 

And strung with pearls — I never saw 

Such a surprising row: 
All womankind might "show their teeth" 

If they'd such teeth to show. 

Twould almost be worth while to make 

The little vixen scold, 
If but to see the scornful smile 

Flash out so bright and bold. . . . 
There isn't such a face for miles, 

Though half the shire were poll'd. 

And face and figure ought to match, 

Or nature's made a slip ; 
She seems as flexible and straight 

As my new riding-whip — 
Upon my word if she'd a chance 

I think she'd like to skip. . . . 

And I should like to hold the rope ! 

Tho' skipping's not my way. . . . 
She leads them all a pretty life 

Up at the Grange, they say. . . . 
It's really rude not to have called . . . 

I think I'll go to-day. 






SOME ONE'S FORGET-ME-NOTS. 




lOME one's Forget-me-nots! 
" Laid up in lavender !" 
Gew-gaws and trash and stuff- 



Billets-doux — rhymes enough — 

Love's ritornellas ; — 
Here's an odd shoe in pink 
Once in fate's chain a link, 
So small one fain would think 
'Tvvas Cinderella's. 



Two lace-trimmed handkerchiefs, 
Six rosettes ! — fie for shame ! 
Clearly the youthful flame 

Went in for slippers ; 
Three gloves — some locks of hair. 
I wonder whose they were ? 
But at least one may swear 

They were all " clippers." 

What's this perfume that comes 
Faint as I close the lid ? 
Have I lock'd up instead 

Somebody's posy ? 



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SOME ONES FORGET-ME-NOTS. 

Stay, I believe that it's 
These crumpled violets, 
Heartsease and mignonettes — 
Rosebuds once rosy : 

Ready-made pot-pourri — 

(Sweet-scented none the less) 
Isn't it time all this 

Rubbish were rotten ? 
Ribbons and gloves and locks? — 
Never mind, shut the box — 

Lie still in lavender, 
Some one's Forget-me-nots, 

Long since forgotten ! 



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REPLY TO A VALENTINE 

WITH A PORTRAIT. 

fAIR archeress, the shafts you wield 
Are splintered on a careless shield ; 

A wandering knight on bootless quest, 
For me there throbs no maiden breast, 
No lady's favor decks my crest. 

With pointless spear and silken glove, 
I tilt not in the lists of love, 

Tho' beauty's queen bestowed the prize, — 

And if a smile my heart entice 

'Tis as a sunbeam strikes on ice. 

But yet, methinks, if life were young, 
And love were all that bards have sung — 
If you were fond, and I were free, 
Sweet Valentine — whoe'er you be — 
I fain would break a lance for thee ! 



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I'm Fair Archi ri ss 






A GORDIAN KNOT 




HANDKERCHIEF— dropt out, you say. 

From the receptacle allotted ? 
Not much if that were all, but stay, 
This pocket-handkerchief is knotted — 

There at one end — frail souvenir, 
Hinting the need of mental tonics; 

Whence comes the pale preceptor here 
To iiivc his lesson in mnemonics ? 

Is it from him whose " un-urned" shade 

Petitions that, instead of joking, 
The debt of kinship should be paid 

To-day at Kensal Green or Woking ? 

Poor Tom ! you were not much to me, 
A cousin, twice removed, by marriage, 

Removed once more by fate's decree — 
At any rate I'll send the carriage. . . . 

( )i -, query, was it " him" at all ? 

This true-love knot may be a token 

Of some fair vision I'd recall — 

Of faithless vows and promise broken ? 

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A GORDIAN KNOT. 

Love's tryst unkept by haunted well. 
Its sweet forget-me-nots forgotten. . . , 

Perhaps it's only someone's bill 

I back'd ? — of course it turned out rotten,- 

Or hint to pay that bet I owe 

For views about the Derby winner ; 

I'd rather much it was to go 

To Greenwich to a whitebait dinner ? . . . 

Of pay or play may preach this knot — 
Of death or duns or love's emotion — 

I tied it yesterday, but what 

It means I've not the faintest notion. 





WANTED AN IDEA. 

WANT an idea, if you've got it 
Be pleased to impart on the spot : 
You'll probably think 

The idea's for a rink 
Or a bank or bazaar — but it's not. 

Not at all ! I disclaim all design 

On your pockets, past, future or present — 

Then of course you'll suppose 

It's a poem or prose, 
Or a sermon or song — but it isn't. 

You'd say it was something in art 

Or in science — that should be, or shouldn't — 
'Twould be something that's new, 
Or at least something true — 
Something somehow, you know — but it wouldn't 

No, no! F. R. S. and R. A., 

My idea isn't what you call savant — 
Not Tyndall or Phiz — 
But what the devil it is 
P'rhaps you've got some idea — for I haven't 

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ANTI-ANTIQUARIAN. 

O I doat upon " desolate towers ?" 
I really can't say that I do ; 
They afford no protection from showers 
But copious cob-webs and dew. 

These courts (do you ever play tennis ?) 
Are Norman ? No, Saxon, I'm sure : 

That arch Saracenic? — at Venice 
And Cairo I've seen them before. 

Let them sleep with their founders below them — 

The sight of a lot of old stones 
Won't stop an east wind howling thro' them 

And chilling one into the bones. 

My taste doesn't run into gables 

Or buttresses old as the flood ; 
I'd rather put faith in " Last Fables" 

Than the dates of Professor Macmud. 



" Stone Facts" I believe to be fiction — 
" Rock Records" afford me no joy, — 

No, I haven't the least predilection 
For desolate towers, old boy. 



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FOR SALE, PENSIVE SELIMA. 




ILL any one bid for a cat ? 

Whose coat is the softest of silk — 
Who's sleek and well-liking and fat — 
And never refuses her milk. 



Whose mistress no scratcli can aver, 
Whose master has never been bitten, 

Who's warranted always to purr, 

And not to have more than one kitten 

A cat who will polish off mice 

And rats till the peep of Aurora — 

In short who's delightfully nice, 
A regular first-rate Angora ? 




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A CURL IN A LETTER. 



LETTER, and a yellow curl, — 

To call it " sandy" p'raps might rile her- 
Who's this romantic little girl 
That's fain to be her own Delilah ? 




For me I who never cared a rap 

For rounded waist or taper ankle, — 

At whom no spinster sets her cap, 

No Cupid shoots the shafts that rankle ! 

" My dear — I grieve to make you pout — 
But still it is imprudent, very, 

To show'r your golden gifts about 

In this way on Dick, Tom, and Harry ; 



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' No doubt you've charms you highly prize 
Or else you'd scarce be Adam's daughter,- 

There may be death in your blue eyes, 
But — don't affect promiscuous slaughter." 



A CI RL IN A LETTER. 

Well preach'd ! but somehow don't sound nice? — 

And letters lead to tittle-tattle. . . . 
I think one ought to give advice 

Vive voi.x — the tone is half the battle? . . 

Twould not be hard to match this curl — 
But should I like its fellow better? . . . 

. . . You very ycllow-pated girl 

Who wrote me this romantic letter? 





OUTSIDE. 

UST a gleam thro' the darkness 
The lift of two eyes from a book — 

A glance, but some glances are heaven. 
To such eyes 'tis given 
To make Paradise in a look. 

Just a face in the lamplight, 

A hand and some glittering hair, 

But hearts have been broken it's said 

And white steel stained red 
For faces less faultlessly fair. 

Just a girl in her beauty 

Her glory of freshness and youth. 

But what has earth better to sigh for 

To live for to die for 
Than innocence beauty and — Ruth ? 




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i M i SIDE." 







THE BLOATED BIGGAROON. 

I E bloated Biggaroon, 
Was so haughty, he would not repose 
In a house, or a hall, or ces choses, 
But he slept his high sleep in his clothes — 
Neath the moon. 

The bloated Biggaroon, 
Thinking scorn of effeminate fops 
Who use knives to dismember their chops, 
Ate with hands his proud meats, and his slops 

Without spoon. 

The bloated Biggaroon 
Poured contempt upon waistcoat and skirt. 
Holding swallow-tails even as dirt — 
So he puff d himself out in his shirt, 

Like a b'loon. 

The bloated Biggaroon 
Scorned to pay a ridiculous race 
Petty cash — so the race, meanly base, 
Locked him up in a rather ridiculous place 
Rather soon. 

6 5« 




UNSUNG SONGS. 
I. 

PARFAIT AMOUR. 

JOU all knew St. Pierre's, with the star in the blind, 
And Julie, the love-star, that glittered behind ? 
Chartreuse, Curacoa, Acqua d'Oro, Russie, 
Grew dim when compared with the smiles of Julie. 
One day, with his lute and his long flowing hair, 
Came a minstrel and played, at the Star of St. Pierre, — 

" What will you please take ?" — stopped the youth in the 

door — 
"Oh, give me, dear maiden, some p arj ait amour;" 
He sighed, as he turned him away from the door, 
" There's no wine that's so sweet as your parfait amour!" 

Now morn, noon, and eve, for his glass of liqueur 
To the Star of St. Pierre came that young troubadour ; 
And ever his cheek it grew pale as the snow, 
For the love-light burnt up as the life-light burnt low. 
But Julie smiled on ; not a blush nor a sigh 
Played tell-tale to Love when Bertrandie was nigh ; 
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BITTER VERMUTH. 

And the boy never speaks ; was he rich? was he poor? — 
He asks but a glass of her patfait amour. 

Ah, Julie ! tin)' rich, for your sake he is poor, 
And he dies for one drop of your parfait amour. 

Months fly — still a youth with his long flowing hair, 
May be seen drinking wine at the Star of St. Pierre, 
And Julie-la-belle, whilst his liqueur he sips, 
Still witches his heart with her eyes and her lips. 
Such eyes pass not coldly when often they greet — 
'Twould be hard that such lips should not manage to meet. 
Yet I know not, in sooth, if her young troubadour 
Still sighs to his lute, " Julie, parfait amour/" — 
If he pines in despair, or, his anguish to cure, 
She has given him the glass of her parfait amour. 



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II. 
BITTER VERMUTH. 

V ANOTHER HAND, i 

I, prate not to me of your Parfait amour/ 
Your old maraschino or dry curagoa; 
Such syrupy fluids are not to my taste, 
Too honied their flavor too oily* their flow : 




54 " OH, IF LIFE WERE A BUMPER." 

But fill me a draught that my temper will suit — 
A bumper of bitingly bitter Vermuth. 

I'm sick of the sugary shams that enchant 

The ignorant palates of girls and of boys, — 

The chalk-cover'd comfits, half poison half paint, 

The pleasures that pall and the sweetness that cloys ; 

Outside they're as tempting as Dead Sea-shore fruit, 

Inside — why they're worse than my bitter Vermuth. 

Then fill to the brim ! and we'll drink to the Fates, 
The cynical trio who parcel our lives, — 

Our creditors pledge in the golden-green gall, 

And whilst we're about it we'll drink to our wives — 

Let optimists shudder, cry scandal, and hoot, 

We'll stand to our liquor : Vive bitter Vermuth !. 



III. 
"OH, IF LIFE WERE A BUMPER." 

H, if life were a bumper of glittering wine 

And death but the bubble that bursts as it wakes, 
How gladly the magical draught we should drain 
Like the goblet that sparkles its best as it breaks, — 
For there's nothing makes joy sparkle up to the brain 
Like a glorious bumper of golden champagne 1 




"OH, IF LIFE WERE A BUMPER." 

Tis an April-day world that we live in at best, 

So fleeting the pleasures, so dark arc the cares ; 

Like a landscape all chequered with shadows and mist, 
Where a sunbeam is trying to kiss off its tears, — 
And the sun that best shines off the mists of the brain 
ts a glorious bumper of golden champagne. 

Then fill up with glittering wine to the brim — 

Let it smile like the smile of sweet beauty around, 

Like a night-star of pleasure at morning's fust beam 
Some rosy Aurora still waking hath found ; — 

And the last and best toast that in brimmers we'll drain 

Is a glorious bumper of golden champagne! 



55 




HUNTING A "SLIPPER." 




IS there any one can tell a 
Fellow what's become of Bella ! 
(She's an angel that I've spotted 
With a pig-tail) . . . Stay — I've got it . 
Fifty pardons . . . Why that's not it ? 

Yet this is the corner where 

She " inhabits ?" — that's her chair — 
Here's her card with my name in it : 
Ices ? ha, that must have been it, 
She'll be back in half a minute : 

She'll return with all her graces — 

With the exquisest of faces — 

Would have driven wild a Lawrence, — 
Figure makes one feel abhorrence 
Of the Venuses of Florence. 

Shames the Venus of Canova, 

Knocks the Capitolian over, 

Might have made a Milo jealous — 
Such a foot and hand are Bella's! — 
Twice as nice as Cinderella's. . . . 



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HUNTING A " SI. I ITER ." 

And the last step out I'll teach her, 
Beaming Love in every feature, 

Blushing when soft whispers reach her, 
Answ'rin^ shyly, " ask my mother" * 
Jove ! she's dancing with another ! ! 



: r. , 







THE BUTTERFLY CHAINED. 




HEN my years were gay eighteen 
Rumor says that I've been seen 
Oft disporting on the green 
Mid the bow'rs, 
Now enraptured with the rose 
Now entranced by lily's snows 
Or coquetting with a nose- 
gay of fiow'rs. 



There are charms I must admit 
Tn thus playing the coquette — 
In this light conter fleurette 

Everywhere, 
From the Picnic to the " hop" — 
At Swan & Edgar's shop, 
Or sitting on the top 

Ball-room stair. 



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In those days it's been averred 
That my giddy pulse was stirr'd 



THE BUTTERFLY CHAINED. 






By a -lance or by a word 

Shot at me, — 
Now such beatings arc misplaced 
For my heart is locked and laced 
And my I )aisy .it her waist 

Keeps the key ! 





QUACK! QUACK!! QUACK!!! 

First Patient. 

H, doctor dear make haste ! 

Give me something nice to taste- 
I'm bent like a ball 
With what you may call 
A headache in the waist. 

First Quack. 

I'll give you a box of Pills — 

They cure all earthly ills — 
Take ten at a time 
You'll find it sublime — 

(If it doesn't cure it kills.) 

Second Patient. 

Oh, doctor I shall die ! 

I've just poked out my eye — 
It's black as a nigger 
And five times bigger 

Than the biggest gooseberry pie ! 



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Q ( : l CK I 'J UAi A' .'.' Q LA ' K III (, \ 

Sei OND < >UACK. 

I give you a splendid LOTION, 

(What it docs I haven't a notion 
Keep mopping it fast 
You'll find out at last 

The plan of perpetual motion. 

Third Patient. 

1 I dp doctor dear, I b< 

I want screwing up a " peg" — 
I happened to fall 
1 1 1 »m the top of St. Paul 

And fractured my dexter leg! 

Third Quack. 

I'll give you an OlNTMENT of power — 

You'll rub it in for an hour — 
( If you fancy it two — 
It's amusing for you 

And won't hurt — it's tallow and flour). 

Chorus of Quacks and Patients. 

This world's all take and give, 

One dies that t'other may live, 
And fools for knaves 
Drop into their graves 

As sand drops through a sieve ! 




A FINE OLD BUSTER. 

|Y neighbor Claptinbank is worth a pot, 
And naturally feels he sheds a lustre 
On the whole human family — he's what 
I call a fine old Buster. 

Respectable as even three per cents., 

Broad as his lands and boundless as his lunches ; 
His waist was once as slender as his rents — 

It now resembles Punch's. 

Madame is round and sound, but cheery most, 

With pleasant kindly ways good-nature taught her, 

I would all mother-ladyships could boast 
As nice a little daughter ! . . . 

I married Maud — about this time last year — 

And now think Claptinbank can well pass muster; 

Why is it, tho', he can't endure to hear 
Me call him " fine old Buster?" 



2 




^Ata**s\-<t *^~ 



■ \ I'im Old Bi Mi 







"DRE1 BITTE." 

1. 1 1". flow'r to true love dear 
By haunted fountain drips, 
Lend me thy lips 
That I may whisper into some one's ear. 

Lonely, my star of night, 

Lovely pale star that lies 
Trembling as twilight dies, 
Give me thine eyes 
That some one may look into mine for light. 

And oh ye birds of wood ! 

And vocal fields and plain, 
Hymning soft praise in vain 
For me answering not again, 
Teach me your strain — 

I too would sing to some one, Love is good. 



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AN UNINVITED GUEST. 

HE supper and the song had died 
When to my couch I crept ; 
I flung the muslin curtains wide 
And took a first-class place inside — 
It might have seemed I slept. 

Yet scarce the drowsy god had woo'd 

My pillow to befriend, 
When fancy, how extremely rude ? 
A fellow evidently screw'd 

Got in, the other end ! 

The bolster from my side he took 

To make his own complete, 
Then gazed at me with scornful look, — 
With wrath my very pulses shook 
And quivered to my feet. 

I kicked of course — long time in doubt 

The war waged to and fro ; 
At last I kicked the rascal out 
And woke — to find explosive gout 
Developed in my toe. 



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AT BRINDISI, ON BOARD THE P. & 0. 

CAN'T say much for " Brindisi the blest," 
As one poor lady called it who was sick, 
But yet to English eyes it boasts a charm 
A strip of deep green grass, that after sand 

And olive-tinted fields and groves ami trees, 

Comes with a cool refreshing hope of home. 

And tranquilly beside the " Pera" lies, 

As glad to rest after her long sea-strife; 

Hut all upon her deck is bustling life, 

For last adios wished, hand-shakings past, 

And civil stewardess "tipped" like Dian's shafts, 

Each one just now is looking after one, 

Excepting Benedict, who seeks his spouse, 

Not yet emerged from cabin mysteries, 

And charges up the trunk-encumbered poop, 

Regardless of his own or others' neck 

Or long-backed chad's which hump his faithful le 

There goes our g.iy grass-widow whom they call 
The "Stormy Petrel," for she tells her friends 
There's always some disaster when she sails; 



68 AT BR1ND1SI, ON BOARD THE P. &* O. 

And she has sailed three times with Captain Jack, 

And every time a damage or a loss — 

A twisted axle or a broken screw — 

And when he saw her on the grancrwav first 

O O J 

At Alexandria, crying " Now I've come 
Captain, look out for squalls !" he was so mad 
They thought he'd send her back; but all went well 
For some one hid a horse-shoe in her berth. . . . 

And there's the stout Mynheer who always wears 
A patent air-belt underneath his coat 
And loaded pistols ready nrimed to shoot 
The thi< 

VVouli ilch the) made 

■ retence that we must sink, and this fat man, 
Too scant of breath t' inflate the saviour ba<j. 
Went rushing madly up and down the ship, 
Beseeching every one " Give me von blow !" . . . 

Our pets are going too — the pale-faced ape 
Who looked so mild but bit me to the bone ; 
The Colonel's poodle, Mop, and last not least. 
The cockatoo who called poor Bishop Smith 
" A (naughty word) old fool," and had to be 
Removed for laughing, when his Reverence read 



/'/ BRINDISf, ON BOARD THE P. &* O. 






The prayers on Sunday <m the quarter-deck. 
Going, going, gonel and I'm the last that's left 
Perched like a Jew amongst a heap of coats: 
Well good-bye all! and good-bye too my May, 
For here comes Gus to say the train is in. 





THE WORLD'S MINE OYSTER." 

HE world's mine oyster!" but, alas! 
No other oyster's in my reach ; 
Oh friends, how does it come to pass 
That you've arrived at threepence each ? 

Time was — away, bewildering thought ! 

The fancy sets my pulses thrilling — 
A dozen " natives" might be bought, 

With bread and butter, for a shilling. . . . 

But these are glories of the past, 

We hardly wonder where they've got to ; 

A generation's coming fast 

Won't even recollect " the grotto," — 

And when that old New Zealand swell 
Arrives on London bridge to pose, 

He'll find the final oyster shell 
Suspended from Britannia's nose ! 



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A BRACE OF VALENTINES. 

i. 

TO A LADY, WITH A RING. 

WEET Valentine, dear lady mine. 
Love lays an offering at your shrine — 
Yet mete not by this span of gold 
That which would reach thro' years untold, 
Would burn when life itself is cold. 
Not with the dazzling fitful gleam 
That gilds the stripling's fever-dream, — 
(For love — the dream-love of the boy — 
Is but a glittering summer toy — ) 
But with the strong and steady glow 
But with the deep and tender flow. 
That a man's heart alone can know, 
Pouring his soul out at her feet 
Whose smile could make all dark things sweet . 
Love undivided close and dear 
With ready arm to guide and cheer, 
I lis breast her shield from every fear : 
Love changeless still, where change is rife, 
Thro' storm and calm, thro' peace and strife, 
For grief for joy, for death for life ! 
Love breathed in one soft whisper — wife. 

7' 



7* 



A BRACE OF VALENTINES. 




II. 

WITH A BUTTERFLY'S WING. 

HEN Flora the fair blossomed forth as a rose 
In the burden of beauty and summer of scent, 
Is't known that she buried her blushes in snows ? 
Or waited to scatter her sweets till she went ? 

See the butterfly, burnished with glitter and gold, 
How he decks himself out for his bridals in June ; 

If he waited for wooing till autumn was old 

Don't you think he might find his enchantress had flown ? 

Then, loiterer, list my advice in your ear — 

Fly frosts of the winter and showers of spring, 

Shine out like the sun whilst the summer is here 
And the tints of the rainbow are all on the wing ! 





CONTER FLEURETTE. 

3 1 ' >VES me — he loves me not" — 
Ah, golden Margaret ! 
Tell me, then, has he got 
Truth in his heart or not, 
Love in his heart or what ? — 
Coitcr fieurette. 

Ah, tell me true, I pray, 

Gentle white Margarel 

What does my lover say 

Now he is far away, 

Where do his glances stray — 

Is it at Maud or May? — 
Center fieurette. 

1 have a fear full sore. 

Weary, my Margaret, — 
That he has taken more 
Than he gave ten times o'er, 
Loit'ring by lattice door, 
Listing the streamlet's pour, 
Ling'ring on sunset shore — 

( 'onter fieurette. 







WITH THE HORSE "WHITE MIST.'* 

HE sequel of to-day dissevers all 
This fellowship of straight riders, and hard men 
To hounds — the flyers of the hunt . . . 

I think 
That we shall never more in days to come 
Hold cheery talk of hounds and horses, each 
Praising his own the most, — shall steal away 
Through brake and coppice-wood, or side by side 
Breast the sharp bullfinch and deep-holding dyke, 
Sweep through the uplands, skim the vale below, 
And leave the land behind us like a dream. 

Farewell to all ! to the brave sport I loved — 
Though Paget sware that I should ride again — 
But yet I think I shall not; I have done : 
My hunt is hunted : I have skimmed the cream, 
The blossom of the seasons, and no more 
For me shall gallant Scott have cause for wrath, 
Or injured Smallpiece mourn his wasted crops. 

* Lines sent to the late Charles Buxton, M.l'., with a favorite horse, on the 
author giving np hunting owing to an accident in the hunting field. 

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//7/7/ THE HORS1: •• WHITE MIST. 



77 



Now, therefore, take my horse, which was my pride 
(For still thou know'st he bore me like a man — ), 
And wheel him not, nor plunge him in the mere, 
lint set him straight and give his head the rein. 
And he shall bear thee lightly to the front, 
Swifter than wind, and stout as truest steel, 
And none shall rob thee of tin- pride of place. 



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MUSICAL UNDERTONES. 

ERR BELLOWS won't you sing ? 
(Or rather won't you roar? — ) 
I should like so to accompany you — 
(As far as the street door) . . . 

Miss Squeals will take her part 

In that charming duette by Meyer, 

With Signor Buffo ? (that's two at a go, 
I wish I could do them "en choir") . . . 

Lord Whooper sings I know 

(Too well ! and always flat) 
What an exquisite air — (for a dirge on the stair ! 

Assisted by the cat) . . . 

Shan't we hear your voice, madame ? 

(Be thanked! she's a cold in the head — ) 
Pray pity our loss — (what a fool I was ! 

She's going to " play instead") . . . 

" Encore !" (oh, I can't stand this — 
They're going it, hammer and tongs : 

Confound them all ! I'll go out in the hall 
And leather away at the gongs !) 



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A DAISY CHAIN. 

I I I white-rose decks the breast of May, 
The red-rose smiles in [une, 

Yet autumn chills and winter kills 

And leaves their stems alone ; 
Ah, swiftly dies the garden's pride 

Whose sleep no waking knows, — 
But my love she is the daisy 

That all the long year grows. 

The early woods are gay with green, 

The fields are prankt with gold, 
But fair must fade and green hi- grayed 

Before the year is old ; 
The blue-bell hangs her shining head. 

No more the oxslip blows, — 
But my love she is the daisy 

That all the long year grows. 

Still deck, wild woods, your mantle green, 
All meads bright jewels wear, 
9 



8o A DAISY CHAIN. 

Let showers of Spring fresh violets bring 
And sweetness load the air ; 

Whilst Summer boasts her roses red 
And March her scented snows, — 

My love be still the daisy, 

And my heart whereon she grows. 




ON r.IKiSTS 



By A M \ I IK I A 1. 1ST. 




UON'T go much for ghosts — altho 1 no doubt 

Humanitarians feci a predilection 
For such " leave-ticket" gentry, loose about 
In history and fiction ; — 



Familiar spirits, loved but never lost! 

Like that vex'd shade in Corsica's twin Brothers, 
Or in Macbeth, Don Juan, Hamlet, Faust. 
And half a hundred others: 

Of which, N. B., not half are ghosts at all, 

But nondescripts defying diagnosis 
Tho' Mrs. Crowe herself the list should call 
Of each metempsychosis. 



Faust's Mephistopheles who filch'd his soul 
Was just a "psychic" with a kleptomania. 
(In this resembling Oberon — who stole 
The changeling of Titania — ) 



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82 ON GNOSIS: 

Ondine's a " Nymph," who wanted to be kissed 

And didn't, both at once, case not uncommon, — 
And, barring liquids, it must be confessed 
A rather nice young woman : 

Ariel's a puzzle, or has always been 

To me — altho' the part plays neatly, very, — 
But then it's only fair to add I've seen 
It acted by Kate Terry : 

Avenel's White Lady of the Fountain grieved 
Because the girdle at her waist grew shorter, 
Proving herself, if Scott's to be believed, 
No ghost of Adam's daughter: 

Witches aren't ghosts, or ghosts still in the flesh, 
Altho' they ride on broomsticks over ditches ; 
And this being thus, the point that's raised afresh 
Is to know which is witches ? 



A Sylphide's what — 1 know not — not a miss — 

Nor fragile Peri from a rose-leaf sipping, 
Mermaids and Naiads wear a charming dress 
But run too much to dripping. 



/.' ) / MATERIALIST. 



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Then there's the Dry-ad, just by way of chanj 

Brownie and Banshee, Troll — but he's a wood-fellow,- 
Fays, Elves, and Sprites who toadstool rings arrang 
And Puck or Robin Goodfellow; — 

Kelpie and Kobold, Wraith, and Spook, and Pix, 
Hobgoblin, Imp, and things of smaller matter, 
Not worth invoking — Bogie, Gnome, and Nix, 
" Hyperion to a Satyr.'' . . . 

And still they come! they come before I call — 

Indeed, I'd no idea so vast their bulk was. 
Adieu, sweet friends! give me, if ghosts at all 
Ghosts solid — as Fitzfulk was. 





POSTSCRIPT TO GHOSTS. 



r seems that after all there've been left out 

Some " most respectables," to favor brevity 
The apparitions mean to make it hot 
For treating them with levity. 



A Siren hints I must have lost my eyes, 

A Harpy kindly lets me know I'm "wanted," 
A Houri threatens me with Paradise, 
A Hag with being haunted. 

If this were all I might p'raps " chance the ducks" 

But there's a Vampyre making frightful faces ; 
A Ghoul has routed all my guardian Pucks 
And offers its embraces. . . . 

So there, — now, let's make peace! — But when all's done 

These kind won't " act" with Edmund Phelps or Fechter, 
At least your genuine Ghost has got some fun, 
The real Shakspearian Spectre. 

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POSTSCRIPT TO GHOSTS. S5 

The King of Denmark was a gallant soul 

Fresh run from Styx, and lively as a samlet, 
(Twas Hamlet's uncle murder'd the "old mole," 
Ami Fechter murder'd 1 1. unlet.) 

But still the shade was honester than most, 

And what he owed his brother came and paid him. 
As for Macbeth — but stay, he's not a ghost, 

Or Irving would have laid him ! . . . 

And so adieu, sweet friends — going, going, gone I 

I have enshrined you in a splendid ditty, 
And won't be haunted more by any one — 
Unless they're young and pretty. 








A REPLY TO BIRTHDAY STANZAS. 

EAR poet of the playful pen, 

Who fling'st thy rhyme in airy wreath 
And graceful cadence of sweet breath 
Upon the graceless sons of men — 

Be sure the fairy flowers you twine, 

With bud and bloom and scented sweets, 
Warm from the kindest heart that beats, 

Will shed a fragrance over mine. 

Not often is life's past complete, 
And seldom can tlr auspicious fete 
That tells him he is thirty-eight 

To man be altogether sweet. 

But tho' my sun has well-nigh set, 
One ray across the gathering night 
Has cast a fair and lingering light 

That gilds the horizon yet. 



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I.ahy 'Bell's Ca i i < iii-m." 







LADY 'BELL'S CATECHISM. 

I [AT arc your " load-stars," sir? — " My Bella's eyes:" 
And what's the sweetest of "sweet air?" — "Her 
sighs :" 

Where does the " bee suck ?" — " From her honied lip, 
(Wish I'd the luck, just a rewarding sip !") 
Who "smiles and smiles," and not one false? — " My sweet:" 
What look as if they " dreamt a valse ?" — " Her feet :" 
What is her arm? — A " wreath as moonlight fair:" 
Her hand, " so white, so warm ?" — " A sceptre rare — 
(The only rule to which I bow, my pet!") 
Stuff! pay attention now, and don't forget : — 
Where is the " glass of fashion ?" — " In her eye !" . . . 
(You'll put me in a passion if you try! — ) 
What is the " mould of form," then ? — " Bella's bonnet :" 
(Good gracious ! Tom, I think you're sitting on it !) . . . 
What is " each changeful fancy's sport?" — " The moon :" 
It's nothing of the sort, you know — " A spoon :" 
What's " changeless yet; tho' all should turn away" . . . 
(Hullo ! this grass is getting damp, I say — ) 
A " thing of beauty and a joy," what is it, tell ? — 
" My loved and loving lovely lady Bell !" 

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MAYFAIR ON SKATES. 

{Recitative. Allegro.) 

JO you think the ice is safe, Mr. Beard? — I'm sure I 
shall never be able to stand — 
A chair? (he wants to put me off with a chair!) 
thank you, but I think I should prefer a hand . . . 
Oh, please don't let me go ! I shall fall — I know I shall — 

I feel I must — O dear ! . . . 
I told you so ! — and — oh, Mr. Beard, I'm so ashamed, I really 
didn't mean to pull your hair! 




Chorus. 

For here we fall 

And there we sprawl, — 
This bumping is pernicious ; 

Yet Charley swears 

And Blanche declares 
That skating's quite delicious ! 

Thank you so much — I hope I've not tired you . . . light, am 

I ? I'm sure I feel like lead ; 

(It's very kind of him to say he's not a bit tired, but he looks 

half dead) — 
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MA YFAIR ON SKATES. 



►1 



Getting on awfully fast? — Yes, dreadfully! I feel I couldn't 

stop myself to save my life — 
And here's Lord Dash towing Lady I), backwards like a 

lightning conductor, or a pilot engine with a wife, — 
He'll be over us in half a minute! — can't somebody manage to 

tch me ? — Ada, elf! . . . 
Was there ever! . . . hurt myself did you say, sir? No, sir, I 

did not hurt myself/ . . . 
He'll scatter someone else directly — look, I told you so — 

there's Constance down and there goes Fanny Flop, 
And Katy, and Ada with her "ice wings," and the three Mi>s 

Maypoles, and huge Mrs. MacAnak at the top: 
Why can't the man look where he's going to, or skate forwards 

like other people, I should like to know? — 
He's bowling them over like ninepins, and, oh hurrah ! I declare 

he's bowled himself over at last into a great heap of snow ! 

Chorus. 

For here we slip 

And there we trip 
In moments too ambitious 

Yet Blanche declares 

And Charley swears 
That skating's quite delicious! 



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MA YFAIR ON SKA TES. 



The Lancers ? What on skates ? Of all things ! — wouldn't it 

be jolly? 
Richard can dance with me, and I'll introduce you to my 

country cousin Polly : 
Rather have me? No, would you? I thought you'd like 

better to have danced with her ; 
Only Polly always goes wrong in the Grand Chain and Dick 

systematically refuses to stir. . . . 
Can't somebody whistle? — They'll never get on like this — but 

we'll finish it in spite of spites, — 
What's stopping us now ? Oh it's the girl with the pretty 

feet again wanting her skate straps put to rights ; — 
And pray what are you about, sir ? New Lancer step ? Non- 
sense, it's nothing of the sort, I know, 
It's spread-" addle," or " eagle," or something, but you've fairly 

settled the "set," and I believe that's what you wanted to 

do- 
So we'll go and cut some " eights," shall we ? or " threes back ?' ; 

(Yes, I know your stupid joke about my " backward roll,") 
Or make a voyage of discovery to the furthest ice, like Captain 

Cook or Franklin when they got to the top of North Pole ! 

Chorus. 

For here we slide 
And there we glide 



M.l YFA1R ON SKA 11 S. 






1 ho 1 Ma may look suspicii 
A fall or two 
1 >on't matter a sou, 

And skating IS delicious! 



V J 



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THE "MATRIMONIAL NEWS." 




YEAR ago with pockets full 

My steps would often range, 
To do a modest " bear" or "bull" 
From Grub Street to th' Exchange ; 
Sometimes my glance was golden-hued — 
Sometimes I'd got the blues, — 
But smile or frown 
Could not put down 
The " Matrimonial News." 



" I say, sir ! Marry ! Want a wife ?" 
" The Devil !"— " Here you are !- 
" Just only buy the 'News and try"- 



" Be off!"—" a penny!!" . . . "bah!!!' 



And now, you know, I'm really wed,- 
Perhaps I took the hint ? — 

At all events I'm fairly rid 
Of that obnoxious print ; 



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THE "MATRIMONIAL NEWS" 

For since the hour I said " I will," 
All note the brats refuse, 

No youthful tout now spreads me out 
The " Matrimonial News." 

It can't be in my cut of coats, — 

I'm not increasing fat, — 
I still wear Hoby-Humby's boots 

And Lincoln-Bennett's hat, 
And thro' a single eye-glass squint 
The most benignant views ; — 
Hut frown or smile 
I can't beguile 
The " Matrimonial News ! 






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PINCHER. 




AREWELL — sleep soft ! whilst over mosses grow, 
Kindest of all thy race was ever seen; 
Some tears are thine, some drops of long adieu 
From hearts where still thy memory shall be green. 

II. 
Farewell ! — but oh ! how often did'st thou lay 

A soft head and brown eyes upon my breast, 
Nestling and sighing deep, as if to say 

" I love, I love you — master think the rest !" 

III. 
Companion both and terror of my gun, 

Who all inapt, yet ardent for the chase, 
Plunged in the crackling marsh when snipe was down 

Spurr'd by ambitions alien to thy race ; 

IV. 

Or else, when bluebells rang thro' woods of May 

Girt by the winding stream where alders nod, 

How would'st thou drive th' amphibious foe to bay 

Dripping and panting like some river god. . . . 
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PINCHER. 






Farewell! farewell! and yet one last caress, 
Old comrade, friend, for truer ne'er can be ; 

Whose faults were only virtues in excess, 
Whose virtues faultless — there's a star for thee! 




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NEXT MORNING. 

F some one's head's not very bright 
At least the owner bears no malice . 
Who was it pulled my nose last night, 
And begged an interview at Calais ? 

The quarrel was not much, I think, 
For such a deadly arbitration, — 

Some joke about the " missing link" 
And all the rest inebriation. 

In vino Veritas I which means 

A man's a very ass in liquor; 
The " thief that slowly steals our brains" 

Makes nothing but the temper quicker. 



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Next morning brings a train of woes, 
But finds the passions much sedater— 

Who was it, now, that pulled my nose?- 
I'd better go and ask the waiter. 




DAISY'S DIGIT. 

FINGER with the circlet slight, 
That keeps it warm and cosy, 
Wee winsome third left-handed doight 

So white and warm and rosy, — 
More taper dibits there may be, 

More lips may kiss and cling on, 
This tiny finger's best to me — 

The one I put the ring on. 

Some fingers may perhaps proclaim 

A precedence of status, 
To point the shaft of praise or blame 

( )r scorn at those that hate us : 
Lay down the law, you counsel small ! — 

Your barbed arrows string on ! 
To me this finger's best of all — 

The one I put the ring on. 

My finger has not worked a bit 

In calligraphics dainty, 
The busy thimble dares not fit 

The type of Suzerainty, — 



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DAISYS DIGIT. 



Such weapons of bewild'ring art 
I have no wit to sing on, 

This fairy finger holds my heart— 
The one I put the ring on. 





LONDON'S "SUEZ CANAL." 

1 [AT pretty girls one sees about! 
At rink and race, at ball and rout, 

At drums and dinners, - 
In books, where /Enids find Geraints, 
In pictures Mr. Millais paints, 
In church — I'm fond of such young saints 
and sinners. 

A score at least one's sure to meet 
From Charing Cross to Oxford Street, 

Or climbing hilly 
St. James's, where of clubdom sick, 
Old fogeys voted at old Nick 
Fond glances turn at 4 towards Pic- 

-cadilly. 

Muse favored haunt of all that's gay ! 
Whose every stone has had its day 

Of loves and graces ! 
Your triumphs many a bard can tell, 
Fred Locker sings them passing well, 
I know you bear away the bell 

for faces. 



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IG 2 LONDON'S "SUEZ CANAL." 

Along your Strand converging flow 
The social tides to Rotten Row, 

Beloved and shady ; 
Old Gouty trundles with his " pair," 
De Boodle saunters, cane in air — 
And wonders who's that golden hair- 

'd young lady? . . . 

But whether gold or black or gray- 
Fashion decrees her slaves shall say 

The dernier gout is, 
You bear your motley freightage well, 
And East and West your convoys swell,- 
A sort of cockneyfied canal 

of Suez ! 



A neutral " cut," where every man's 
A vessel bound to pay the trans- 

-it dues and duty, — 
Dues stricter than e'er Lesseps took, 
Love's tribute levied on a look — 
And duly noted in the book 

of Beauty. 



/.o.YDON'S "SI 1 /. CANAL. 

And now, whilst ice enwraps you still 
And snow's on Constitution Hill — 

Like some old Pharaoh, 
Sun-shaded mid the fervent rays, 

I bask away the balmy days 
And write these verses to your praise 
in Cairo. 

Across the desert ridges high 
Long lines of camels track the sky, 

The pink lights flicker, — 
The day has done his golden race — 
The Mussulman kneels in his place, 
The pilgrim turns his patient face 

to Mecca. . . . 

All here's aglow with summer sun — 
Tkerehugs black frost his mantle dun 

In winter chilly : 
Yet could I stand on Simla's desk 
And westward — ere this watch's tick 
( )ld England ho! for me, and Pic- 

-cadilly ! 




A POCKET VENUS." 

ABEL isn't quite fifteen, 
She's just like some dolls I've seen — 
Could they mischief mean us ; 
Two red lips my doll has got, 
Eyes like blue forget-me-not, 
Flaxen ringlets — such a lot ! — 

May's my pocket Venus. 

May has got a figure fine 

Tho' she says her boots are " nine /" — 

That's a joke between us, — 
She's a foot outruns the breeze, 
Killing ankles if you please, 
You should see her climbing trees ! 

May, my pocket Venus. 

In abbreviated frock 

That would Mrs. Grundy shock, 

Had she only seen us, — 
Tripping, dancing like a fay, 
Playing hide and seek — some day 
I should like to hide away 
Altogether charming May 

As my pocket Venus ! 



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THE COMING R VCE. 

OOK back, look back ! a hundred years — 
The retrospect is funny; 
Men-kind, the puppets of an hour, 
Monopolizing place and pow'r, 
And spending all the money. 

Now ladies of creation sit 

Like gods of ancient story, 
Arranging all sub-lunar things, 
With lady-popes and lady-kings, 

And lady-judge and jury. 

One privilege to man is left — 

The privilege of earning 
The dross that pays the weekly bills — 
All hints beside of former ills 

We pride ourselves on spurnin< 



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The chain that once we used to hug 

We now agree to hate ; 
No skirts our tameless ankles vex, 
No ringlets stigmatize the sex, 

Nor bonnets — pas si bete ! 

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io 8 THE COMING RACE. 

A slightly classic style of dress, 

Is quite preferred, you know, 
Not absolutely statuesque, 
But like the heroes of burlesque, 
A century ago. 



Blacks, grays, and drabs are out of date, 

We fancy livelier hues ; 
The modest crimson silk looks neat, 
Or sky-blue velvet tout en suite, 

With pearl-bespangled shoes. 



The men would fain affect our style 

As far as they were able ; 
Of course that could not be endured, 
Their peacock-ships we quickly cured, 
And toned them down to sable ! 



Our parliament decreed besides, 

What seemed a little harsh — 
On pain of death no male should wear 
A quizzing-glass or short-cropped hair, 
Beard, whiskers, or moustache. 



THE COMING K.\< I 

Malt, Imps, to brew they were forbid, 

Nor pipes allowed to carry ; 
Cigars and brandy lead to debts, 
And everything but cigarettes 

And claret, to old 1 [any. 

At first they tried the fixed balloons, 

And smoked upon the quiet; 
But when we cut the ropes adrift, 
And left the aeronauts to shift 
They almost raised a riot. 



And what a howl the creatures made. 

As if they'd all got rabies, 
When mothers ruled it was the chic 
That fathers should in future stick 

At home and mind the bahi 



It's not to be supposed that we 

Could drudge in toil domestic 
When daily we attend debate — 
Law, Physic, ami the Pulpit wait 
Our presences majestic. . . . 






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THE COMING RACE. 



And that reminds me to indite 
My " pastoral" on Hades . . 

Does it exist ? Where can it be ? 

Not where the state is truly free.- 
N.B. That is for ladies. 




TWO LETTERS. 




BRACE of letters— one by far 

Too black, and one with silver label ; 
I'll toss for which shall have the pas — 
Black wins! conic then my friend in sable. . 
* * * * 

Run down at last ? Ten years ago 

He plucked with me the tree of knowledge, 
Was " pluckt" for the same " little go" 
And rowed in the same eight at College. 



Poor Charley ! once so frank and fn 

But duns and doctors did their killing ; 

I think I heard he could not pay 
At last even the proverbial shilling. 



The pauper's pound : now Death squares all, 
From debt or duns no more gainsayment, — 

I lent him fifty, and must call 

To-day at Woking for repayment! 
* * * * 

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j I2 TWO LETTERS. 

Let's hope there's something livelier here — 
These silver trimmings hint a wedding, 

I almost fancy I could swear 

An orange-blossom odor's spreading. . . . 

What Blanche mignonne ! my fairy friend ! 

And who may be the lucky fellow ? 
Next week your pretty pranks must end ? — 

Some score will have to wear the willow. 

I wonder if you mean to bid 

Each former victim of your graces 

To see their fickle tyrant wed ? 
If so they'll want a lot of places. 

There was a time I might have been 
Averse to render such assistance, — 

But you've forgot our tiff since then, 
And I'd forgotten your existence! 





VENL vim. vici. 



N unfledged heiress in her 'teens, 

And worth a " plum" they say ; 
With charms to move an anchorite — 
The Duke made running at first sight, 

But didn't seem to " stay" — 
/ mean to-night to wire in. 
No " waiting" business — run to win — 

You know my slashing way, 

The veni, vidi, vici style, 

Short, sharp, decisive, eh ? . . . 



* * * 

* * * 

It's all U. P., old boy, — I'm done ! 

Could laugh if 'tweren't for spite ; — 
" Unfledged," indeed ! — an old coquette ! 
She'll teach them all confer fleuretfes t 

And confer scalps, the kite ! 

She's up to every move that's out, 

Knows when to sigh and smile and pout 

And " plays" you as you'd play a trout — 

The more fool I to bite! 

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! , 4 VENI, VIDI, VI CI. 

At first she seemed to like the pace 

And answered to the bit, 
Blushed when I praised her twinkling feet, 
Whilst her two eyes grew dark and sweet — 

Green eyes with mischief lit, — 
" I'm like a grape from the rich South, 
(They said) to drop into your mouth — 

Why don't you open it ?" . . . 
Ah, les yeux verts, les yeux d'enfer ! — 

The artful doll-faced chit ! 

I clasped her jewelled hand in mine 
And through the gallop flew, 

Her yielding waist my arm compressed, 

Her whispered words almost caressed, — 
" Please hold me tighter, so" — . . . 

Then led her drooping to a seat 

(Here the scene changed, you know). 

I whispered " hearts are more than gold !" 

(Now for a lucky fluke !) 
She said " so I've been often told," 
" Then hear me swear to all I hold" — 

She smiled—" I think I won't !" 
(One effort more to wire in) 
" You do not care for me a pin !" 

She laughed — " of course I don't !" 



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Then gently yawning — "There's mama 

Is looking for me — thanks — ta-ta !" — 
And left me speechless, plante la, — 

- I'.S.i The minx has hooked the Duke. 







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A FABLE WITH A MORAL. 

WAKEN snakes !" a herald cried, 

" Attend to what I say ; 
The bearer of a mandate, sent 
To call a general parliament — 
Oyez ! oyez ! ! oyez ! ! ! 

" A congress of all rattlesnakes 

Whom indignation pales, 
That we alone of serpent kind 
An instrument of torture find 

Appended to our tails. 

" An instrument that signal gives 

To every snake-molester ; 
That warns mankind to clear the course 
And often wakens up per force 

Ourselves from our siesta. 

" It makes us all look white and wan 
Thus robbed of peaceful slumber ; 

It's neither useful that we find, 

Nor ornamental, to our mind, 
And serves but to encumber. 



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./ FABLE WITH A MORAL. \ \-j 

" Wherefore ... a Parliament is fixed 

By croctalistic usance, 
To legislate upon the point 
I [ow to curtail this caudal joint 

And remedy the nuisance." 

* * * * 

The day was set, the serpents met 

Prepared for wordy battle ; 
They met — alas ! no single word 
By clerk or congress could be heard 

But one stupendous rattle ! 





TWENTY-ONE TO-MORROW. 

OU are young; I'm getting old, 

Cara Mia ! 
In the glass when I behold 
Touched locks in contrasted fold, 
Mine are gray, and yours are gold, 

Cara Mia. 

Twenty — forty ! that's the score, 

Cara Mia. 

One to two, a trifle o'er — 

Why weren't you a decade more ? 

Why am I not twenty-four, 

Cara Mia? 

Twice your age ! no time to say, 

"Cara Mia;" 

Doubled years make short delay. . . . 

Happy thought ! after to-day 

Can't again be double, eh, 

Cara Mia? 
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A [APANESE PUZZLE 




ITTLE So-sli has an almond eye 

And a foot that's fit for the graces, 
She's pearls in her lips, and her finger-tips 
Determined by golden cases. 



Her cousin, you know, is little So-slo, 
{So fast more correct — less idyllic) 

Her mouth's a red rose, and as for her nose 
It's celestial and therefore angelic. 



The worst of it is — for So-sli's a quiz, 

And So-slo would plague her own brother 

When for mischief inclined — I can't make up my mind 
If it's this one I like or the other. 



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A JAPANESE PUZZLE. 



You can choose with more ease, from the cut, if you please, 
Tho' you'll hardly get love for your labors, 

But if all Japanese are as pretty as these 
It's provoking we aren't nearer neighbors ? 




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